Coronavirus Client Support

Guidance and support during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic

This page is intended as a resource for clients to access important information and support during these challenging times.

Messages from Community Leaders – Near Neighbours

UK Government
From Tuesday 30 November 2021 face coverings are a legal requirement in shops and on public transport. This is the law.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do OR
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Digital Inclusion
If you have school aged children please see the information below for support with accessing the internet.
https://get-help-with-tech.education.gov.uk/internet-access 

Islington Council Coronavirus information
https://www.islington.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/coronavirus-covid-19

London Coronavirus Updates
Guidance from the government on the current Coronavirus regulations in London.
https://www.london.gov.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-update-what-you-need-know

Government support page for extremely vulnerable persons
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

Changes to the Asylum and Immigration process
Refugee Council are regularly updating a list of Changes to the Home Office Asylum and Resettlement policy and practice in response to COVID-19.
https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/latest/news/changes-to-home-office-asylum-resettlement-policy-and-practice-in-response-to-covid-19/

Doctors of the World have translated NHS guidelines into 45 different languages.
https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information

Helen Bamber Foundation have set up a Coronavirus support page, listing Coronavirus mental health and wellbeing resources.
http://www.helenbamber.org/coronavirus-support/

Arrival Medical Practice are a medical practice in Middlesbrough who give free confidential healthcare to asylum seekers in the Stockton-On-Tees area.
https://www.arrivalpractice.co.uk

Click here for infographics with advice on Coronavirus, well-being and self care during the pandemic, translated into over 30 different languages.

Tackling Disinformation -NHS

GETTING HELP IN LONDON
Like the Islington Centre, most migrant support centres have had to temporary close in response to the outbreak but are still providing reduced or remote assistance.
While we will update this list regularly, the situation in the UK is changing quickly so please check each website for the latest information.

Islington Law Centre have created a map of services across London. The map also lists the contact details of all the services.
https://miclu.org/servicesmap

Cardinal Hume Centre is operating at a reduced service.

The Centre’s welcome hub is open from 9.30-14.00 Mon-Fri.

Advice line: 0207 227 1673
The Advice line is open 9.30-15.00 Tues, Wed & Fri and 9.30- 18.00 Mon & Thurs.
https://www.cardinalhumecentre.org.ukhttps://www.cardinalhumecentre.org.uk

Hackney Migrant Centre are running a telephone immigration and advice service. Call 07961 014182 on Mondays, between 10am – 12.30pm to book a phone appointment later that week in Hackney.

The advice service is now closed and will reopen on Monday 10 January.

https://hackneymigrantcentre.org.uk/drop-in/

Notre Dame Refugee Centre are offering a telephone advice service. Call 0207 440 2669 to book an appointment. Free immigration advice available in French or English. 

Immigration Advice – Available Mondays 10:30 – 12:30 and Wednesdays & Fridays 10:30 – 13:30

Housing and Welfare Benefit Advice – Available Wednesdays 10:30 – 13 :30. 
https://www.notredamerc.org.uk

Women for Refugee Women have closed their drop-in centre and are individually supporting their clients by telephone and other online activities
https://www.refugeewomen.co.uk/empower/our-activities-to-empower-refugee-women/

London COVID-19 Mutual Aid, UK Migrant and Asylum Seeker Support
This community group on Facebook has been set up to help connect individuals and organisations and signpost those looking for help, volunteers or resources. If you are self-isolating and need support, you can post a request on the group itself or ask us to post on your behalf.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/193855082039231/about/
It must be noted that this is not an official organisation and is made up of local people who want to help their neighbours with practical issues.

COVID Support Groups
Here is a map of all the Covid-19 Support Groups in London: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1QzVKUY5KFiPEHM6eizR0a9w18stWyfi6&usp=sharing


Here are a few direct links to Councils helping during COVID-19:

If you need emergency food or help in your borough, please try the following:
Islington Council: weareislington@islington.gov.uk ; tel: 0207 527 8222

Enfield Council: https://new.enfield.gov.uk/forms/covid-19-community-support-request-form/

Camden Council: https://www.camden.gov.uk/financial-support-for-residents1 ; tel: 020 7974 4444

The Samaritans

If you need someone to talk to at any time, day or night, you can call Samaritans for free on 116 123.

More information: https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/if-youre-having-difficult-time/